Choose Love

This year has not been easy.
But neither is running.
Even though it’s early or late or cold or hot or we have a million other things to do, we still put soles to dirt.
Onward we patter, though our breath grows ragged and our brows salty and our legs leaden.

We arrive back home and come to rest on the stoop and somehow find ourselves more alive than when we began.
Within this hard thing, we experienced ease.
We received more than we gave.
It may be impossible physics, but we all know how running creates in us more energy than we expend.

This is the great mystery of running–and life.
I am weary, and perhaps you are, too.
But if you are in doubt, maybe because you are in doubt, choose love.
Let’s put souls to the saltiest bit of life and watch love grow in ways we can’t yet imagine.

Call for Comments

  • What are you choosing to love right now despite the challenge of doing so?
  • In what other parts of life do you receive more than you give?

All photos: iRunFar

Meghan Hicks

is's Managing Editor and the author of 'Where the Road Ends: A Guide to Trail Running.' The converted road runner finished her first trail ultramarathon in 2006 and loves using running to visit the world's wildest places.

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  1. Richard Senelly

    Thank you for this. It’s wonderful. I have been advised to “ask for forgiveness rather than for permission”… And in that spirit, I ask you Meghan for forgiveness since I posted (and credited) this piece without permission. I just had to share it in this time of separation, distancing, and dividedness. I am declaring my love for each new day and savoring all that I received in coaching XC and T&F for boys and girls in grades 7-12.

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